LG Nitro HD hands-on

We just dropped by an LG event in New York City to check out AT&T’s third 4G LTE phone, the LG Nitro HD. The device packs a sharp 1280 x 720-pixel HD display, which is easily one of the Nitro’s biggest draws. The display offers a noticeable difference in color clarity compared to the Samsung Galaxy S II; we took a picture of a Ducati motorcycle with both phones and while the red paint job really popped on the Galaxy S II display, the LG Nitro’s display reproduced colors much more accurately. The Nitro HD is also equipped with an 8-megapixel camera that’s capable of recording HD video and we were impressed with the pictures it captured during a few minutes with the phone. We’ll reserve our final judgement on the camera until we compare it with other devices, however. Hit the break for more and don’t forget to check out our photo gallery below.

The dual-core 1.5GHz processor is certainly fast — there doesn’t seem to be any lag during standard operation — but there weren’t a ton of applications installed on the Nitro we were using so we couldn’t really test multitasking under heavy use. A quick test of AT&T’s pre-launch LTE network gave us download speeds between 6.81Mbps and 8.98Mbps, which is pretty fast. We know AT&T is still testing its 4G LTE network here in New York City though, so only time will tell what performance looks like post-launch. We’re definitely excited to run the Nitro 4G through its paces in the coming days, so stay tuned for our full review.

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